Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 29, 2013

22 Essentials to Bring Aboard for a Day of Boating

The day before a boating or fishing trip can be busy considering the planning that is required. Take full advantage of the time you spend on the water by being adequately prepared for a variety of situations that may come up. It’s fairly easy to avoid bug bites, motion sickness, hungry kids and soggy shorts. Just print or write down this handy list of 22 items to bring along before heading out on the boat.…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
July 17, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

How to Fit Your Child for a Life Jacket

  We know that life jackets are synonymous with boating safety and that everyone on board should be wearing a life jacket each and every time on the water. But when it comes to matching the jacket with the person, one size does not fit all. This is especially true for children. An ill-fitting jacket can put your child in harm’s way. Too small and it will not be able to keep the body afloat;…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 11, 2013

Tom Keer

Launch Ramp Etiquette

Boating is fun. Fishing is fun. And the combination is outstanding.  There is one hurdle that we need to clear before we turn the bow towards our favorite hot spot and that is the boat ramp.  And with that being said, some of you are probably chuckling while others are getting steaming mad. I have the same mixed emotions myself, and when the ramp turns into a circus my patience drains really fast.  Rather than…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 11, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Father’s Day Suggestions

  I don’t know about you, but it is tough to buy gifts for my Dad. Chances are, he already has one or he does not need anything else cluttering up the tool bench. For me, my Dad introduced me to the wonders of fishing, and I’d like to return the favor with a fishing adventure for him. In fact, according to a 2013 nationwide survey, a family outing was named the best type of…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 30, 2013

Tom Keer

The Powers of Observation

There is an old saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”  I’ve found it to be true in the majority of instances, but when it comes to the affects of the winter on our fisheries that adage sometimes falls short.  When trees or rocks fall in to a river there is a change, or when storms pound the coast the erosion has to go somewhere, there is a change.  So on…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 28, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Learning to Cast from a Boat

When taking a novice angler fishing on a boat, perhaps as a mentor or on a free fishing day, here are a few things to share: 1) One of the great parts of fishing from a boat is that you are going closer to the fish. Sometimes, you may even find yourself directly over fish. Long, forceful casts may not be necessary. A stealthy approach will be helpful too. Save the loud voices for the…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 22, 2013

Tom Keer

Safe Boating

Every time I go fishing I expect to catch fish.  Some days I catch a lot while other days I catch squat.  Every time I go boating I expect to return to the dock.  So far, that trend has held true and I’m thankful for it.  And as there is time and effort that goes into catching fish there is time and effort that goes into boating safely.  As the adage goes, “fail to plan,…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 21, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Memorial Day Weekend!

The much-anticipated Memorial Day Weekend is almost here. And, if you are not sure where to go boating and fishing, check out our Places to Boat and Fish Map.  Here are a few reminders for enjoying the summer kickoff. 1) Between the power-fishing glitter bass boats, the lounging pontoons boats, the jet skis and kayaks, the boat traffic in some places may seem almost parade-like with a celebration of watercrafts. Be prepared to share the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 2, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

It’s A-Boat Time!

I still have snow in the yard but the calendar says “Spring” and in the yard, there are shoots from flowers pushing skyward so I know it is time to go over my “Get the Boat Ready” list. 1. Is the boat registration up to date? Some state agencies require a yearly renewal, while others all renew on a certain date.  Best bet is to check your state’s boat registration dates and requirements. 2. Do…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 30, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

How to Turn Your Phone in a Boating Safety Kit

When planning a trip out on the water, most typically start their checklist with the basics: fishing license, spinning rod, bait-casting rod, back-up rod, bait, snacks, sunscreen, nautical maps, tide chart, GPS, lucky ball cap and life jackets. Then, grab the kids, keys, wallet and you’re off! A great way to spend time with family and enjoy nature, boating and fishing are thought of as an escape, a way to de-stress. Disconnecting from a busy…

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